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Over the course of the year 2016, I’ve seen a good fair few movies and ended up liking most of them (Luke Scott’s Morgan excluded). I’ve delighted in the blithe comedy of manners of Whit Stillman’s Love and Friendship, embarrassed everyone around me in the movie theater by laughing/crying too loudly at Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (directed by Jake Szymanski), cheered on the butt-kicking friendship of the ladies of Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (directed by Paul Feig), and enjoyed Batman v. Superman: Dawn of...
After the election, I received a flurry of emails from my friends all over the country expressing their fear, anger, sadness, and shock regarding its outcome. But one voice was notably silent: my friend Sam, who also happens to be one of the most politically active of all of my friends. Finally, this evening we received an email from her that was several paragraphs long. Her email was full of pain — a pain caused by the guilt she felt over not having done enough for...
Leslie Knope has written an open letter in response to the news of Trump/Pence’s election. Leslie is the Associate Director of the Parks Department for Pawnee, Indiana, a former history major, a councilwoman, a parent, a crafter, a tireless force for good, an organizer, an inspiration, a woman, a Pawnee Goddess, and a friend. Leslie cares about her community and the people around her, and she works relentlessly to improve their lives (whether that means building a new park or stamping out at dealthy library. She is...
Wednesday night, I marched from Union Square to Trump Tower with thousands of other angry New Yorkers. We screamed for the world to hear that Donald Trump is “not my president,” and revived old classics like “the people, united, will never be defeated.” As we blocked traffic, the people whose commutes we were delaying honked their horns and cheered in support. It felt, for the first time since the election was called for Trump, like maybe we were going to be okay. It was my first...
Even after her devastating loss of the presidency, Hillary Clinton is still supporting her supporters. A Clinton supporter named Margot Gerster shared the above photo and the story of her chance encounter with the former Secretary of State on Facebook yesterday. Heartbroken after Trump’s win, Gerster decided to relax by taking a hike with her young daughters. She chose one of her favorite hiking places near Chappaqua, New York — where the Clintons live. It seems that Hillary Clinton consoles herself the same way. Gerster ran into Hillary,...